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Boron

Boron is a dietary mineral which is claimed to increase testosterone when supplemented at doses higher than from food.

Our evidence-based analysis on boron features 40 unique references to scientific papers.

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Recommended dosage, active amounts, other details

The lowest active dose of Boron supplementation appears to be 3mg, which is effective in supporting hormonal parameters in postmenopausal women. Studies on osteoarthritis have used 6mg of Boron while studies in youth investigating hormonal changes have used 10mg.

The optimal dose is currently not known, but the above doses appear to be active for their aforementioned goals.

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Human Effect Matrix

The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what effects boron has on your body, and how strong these effects are.
Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
Notes
grade-d
Minor
- See 2 studies
Appears to influence estrogen, seems unreliable in its mechanisms and is likely context dependent. Both increases and decreases have been noted
grade-d Minor - See study
Appears to be quite effective, but requires some more robust trials
grade-d Minor - See study
Some influence on typically inflammatory cytokines, practical relevance of these changes unknown
grade-d Minor - See study
Appears effective, but no comparison to a reference drug nor control group thus far
grade-d Minor Moderate See 2 studies
There appears to be an interaction with Boron and testosterone in both genders, but it is seemingly unreliable
grade-d - - See study
No significant effect on this inflammatory biomarker
grade-d - - See study
No significant effect on cortisol has been noted with supplemental boron
grade-d - - See study
No significant influences on serum DHT noted

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